Valentine blondie bars are rich with a buttery caramel flavor that is sprinkled with chocolate chips and Valentine M&M's. These are the perfect homemade treat to enjoy with a glass of milk.
Valentine's blondies are the perfect treat when you want a brownie but yet a chocolate chip cookie.
Just like our classic blondie brownie recipe, these are simple to make. Did you know blondie bars are also known as congo bars or chocolate chip bars?
They are loaded with flavor from the brown sugar and vanilla that they are made with. Let's not forget the semi-sweet chocolate and Valentine M&M's that are sprinkled over the top.
How To Make Valentine Blondie Bars
For these easy Valentine blondies, we start with melted butter that has cooled slightly. Once the melted butter has cooled some it gets mixed with the butter.
The slightly warm butter will help to dissolve the light brown sugar. The melted butter will also bring a denser chewier texture to the bars.
When it comes to the eggs working with room temperature eggs will help with the baking time. Room temperature eggs will help make the batter rise better.
Having the eggs slightly beaten before adding them into the batter mixture helps to incorporate them better. So I like to add the eggs into a cup and beat them a bit with a fork before adding them into the batter.
When it comes to the vanilla extract I have used both artificial and pure vanilla extract. I do prefer the flavor of pure vanilla but will use artificial when I run out of the pure.
I am also a firm believer in sifting my flour before adding it to the wet ingredients. A fine-mesh sifter will make the flour light and airy.
So in a separate bowl, I will sift together all the dry ingredients before adding them into the wet ingredients. Slowly add in some of the flour at a time until all the dry is incorporated.
Baking The Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
I always make any type of cookie bars in a glass 9x13 baking dish, this is just my preference. A metal baking dish will work, the baking time may need to be adjusted.
And of course, I always spray my baking dish with cooking spray. So once the batter is mixed together it gets added to your prepared baking dish.
It may look like there is not enough batter to fill the whole 9x13 dish. But the batter needs to be spread out as evenly as possible. When the blondie bars start to bake they rise and puff up.
With the batter spread out into the baking dish this is when you sprinkle the top with the Valentine M&M's and semi-sweet chocolate chips. As the bars bake the batter sort of consumes the toppings.
The Valentine blondie bars bake in a preheated 350℉ oven for 25-30 minutes. I have made blondie brownies many times and can tell by the smell if they are done.
If they get over-baked they will become hard and almost impossible to eat. So really watch the time on these bars. Once fully baked let cool before slicing into them.
These Valentine blondie bars pair nicely with a glass of milk making them a great afternoon treat.
Blondie brownies are made with brown sugar and butter to get a hint of caramel or butterscotch flavor in them. Whereas a brownie is made with either cocoa or chocolate for a rich chocolate flavor.
When they look almost done is when they should come out. The edges of the blondies will become golden. As they cool outside of the oven, they will continue to bake. The middle of the blondies will look slightly underdone.
The blondie brownie itself has a rich caramel taste from the brown sugar. They are reminiscent of chocolate chip cookies. Since they are loaded with chocolate chips and Valentine M&M's.
I have used both and the recipe turns out great with either. I do prefer to use unsalted so I have more control of the overall flavor of the recipe. Unsalted butter brings a pure buttery flavor to baked goods.
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Other Great Recipes You May Enjoy:
- Toffee Blondies
- Valentine's Day Cake Balls
- Easy M&M Cookies
- Blueberry Banana Bread
- Peanut Butter Blondie Recipe
- Chocolate Cake Mix Bars
- Cookie Cake Bars
- Funfetti Sugar Cookies
Valentine Blondie Bars
These sweet brown butter blondie bars are loaded with Valentine's Day M&M"s.
- 2 Cups Brown Sugar firmly packed
- 11 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter melted and cooled
- 2 Large Eggs slightly beaten
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 2 Cups flour sifted
- 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
- ½ Teaspoon Salt
- ¼ Teaspoon Baking Soda
- ½ Cup Chocolate Chips semi sweet
- 1 Cups M&M's ~ plan Valentine
Preheat oven to 350℉, spray the 9x13 baking pan with cooking spray, set aside.
Melt the butter and let cool
In mixing bowl, or stand mixer bowl. Cream together the brown sugar, butter, eggs, and vanilla extract.
In another mixing bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Slowly mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until all are combined.
Using a rubber spatula into the batter fold in ½ cup of the chocolate chips and ¾ cups of the M&M's. Reserve the remaining to sprinkle on top.
Spread the batter into the prepared 9x13 baking dish. Sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips and M&M's onto the top of the batter.
Place 9x13 baking dish into the preheated oven. I recommend having the oven rack in the middle of the oven.
Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the edges of the bars are browned. The bars will continue to bake while cooling giving you the perfect bars. Once colled cut and serve.
The nutritional value may vary depending on the ingredients used.
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